Authority paves way for development of practical training for King Air C90, Hawker 4000
WICHITA, Kan. (March 9, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) and FlightSafety International today announced they have received approval to conduct theoretical and practical, hands-on technical training to support the Hawker 4000 and Beechcraft King Air C90 by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). The authorization from the Chinese government paves the way for HBC and FlightSafety to provide their MxPro Regulatory maintenance training to Chinese technicians who, upon completion of the course, will be certified to perform maintenance on the two models, both of which are already operating in China.
“This approval by the CAAC is an important step in providing accessible and well-established maintenance and service support in China for what promises to be a significant number of Hawker Beechcraft products,” said Christi Tannahill, vice president, Global Customer Support. “Once the trainees have completed their initial training and the MxPro Regulatory program, they receive the equivalent of a maintenance type rating and are permitted to service the aircraft in China.”
MxPro is an innovative program that leverages Hawker Beechcraft’s knowledge of aircraft design, manufacturing and support with FlightSafety’s training expertise. It is currently offered at the newly completed FlightSafety Maintenance & Learning Center in Wichita, Kan.
The program utilizes a variety of methods and training devices, including interactive computer 3D modeling and actual aircraft to provide hands-on training, replicate real-life experiences, offer in-depth operational and maintenance tasks, and supplement extensive classroom instruction. The MxPro course incorporates one week of hands-on instruction to supplement the two to three weeks of theoretical training. MxPro Regulatory supplements the MxPro course with an additional week of hands-on training and is designed to provide foreign certifications for the various regulatory agencies around the world. Completion of the initial training course is required for enrollment in the MxPro Regulatory training.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase re-sale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications administration).
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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